Incarceration Nation

 Hijacking the Agenda: Economic Power and Political Influence. New York. Russell Sage Foundation. Forthcoming.

 With Chris Witko, Nate Kelly, and Jana Morgan.


Incarceration Nation

Incarceration Nation: How the United States Became the Most Punitive Democracy in the World. New York. Cambridge University Press. 2016.

 Reviews & Media Coverage


Who Gets Represented? (edited with Christopher Wlezien). New York. Russell Sage Foundation. 2011.

Who Gets Represented?

Table of Contents//Contributors//Chapter 1//Replication Data for Chapter 1

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Read a review in Public Opinion Quarterly: [PDF] [POQ]


Mass Incarceration and the Judicial System: 


    1. Enns, Peter K., Youngmin Yi, Megan Comfort, Alyssa Goldman, Hedwig Lee, Christopher Muller, Sara Wakefield, Emily A. Wang, and Christopher Wildeman. 2019. "What Percentage of Americans Have Ever Had a Family Member Incarcerated? Evidence from the Family History of Incarceration Survey (FamHIS).Socius. Vol.5: 1-45. [Socius] [PDF]
    2. Enns, Peter K. and Mark D. Ramirez. 2018. "Privatizing Punishment: Testing theories of public support for private prison and immigration detention facilities." Criminology. 56(3): 546-573. [Criminology] [PDF]
    3. Enns, Peter K. and Patrick C. Wohlfarth. 2018. "Making Sense of the Supreme Court-Public Opinion Relationship." In Handbook of Judicial Behavior. eds. Robert M. Howard and Kirk Randazzo. Routledge Press. [Ch.] [Preprint]
    4. Enns, Peter K. 2016. Incarceration Nation: How the United States Became the Most Punitive Democracy in the World. New York: Cambridge University Press.
    5. Enns, Peter K. and Delphia Shanks-Booth. 2015. "The Great Recession and State Criminal Justice Policy: Do Economic Hard Times Matter." Russell Sage Foundation Great Recession Brief[RSF] [PDF]
    6. Enns, Peter K. 2014. "The Public's Increasing Punitiveness and Its Influence on Mass Incarceration in the United States." American Journal of Political Science. 58(4): 857-872. [PDF] [AJPS]
    7. Enns, Peter K. and Patrick Wohlfarth. 2013. "The Swing Justice." Journal of Politics. 75(4): 1089-1107. [PDF] [JOP]
    8. Casillas, Christopher, Peter K. Enns, and Patrick Wohlfarth. 2011. "How Public Opinion Constrains the U.S. Supreme Court." The American Journal of Political Science 55(1): 74-88. [PDF] [AJPS]

Inequality and Representation:  

    1. Enns, Peter K. 2015. "Comment on `Support for Redistribution in an Age of Rising Inequality'." Brookings Papers on Economic Activity. Spring: 406-417. [BPEA]  [PDF]
    2. Enns, Peter K. 2015. "Relative Policy Support and Coincidental Representation." Perspectives on Politics. 13(4): 1053-1064. [PDF] [Perspectives]
    3. Enns, Peter K. 2015. "Reconsidering the Middle: A Reply to Martin Gilens." Perspectives on Politics. 13(4): 1072-1074. [PDF] [Perspectives]
    4. Enns, Peter K., Nate Kelly, Jana Morgan, Thomas Volscho, and Chris Witko. 2014. "Conditional Status Quo Bias and Top Income Shares: How U.S. Political Institutions Have Benefited the Rich." Journal of Politics. 76(2): 1-15. [PDF] [JOP] 
    5. Enns, Peter K. and Christopher Wlezien (Eds). Who Gets Represented? New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
    6. Kelly, Nathan J. and Peter K. Enns. 2010. "Inequality and the Dynamics of Public Opinion: The Self-Reinforcing Link Between Economic Inequality and Mass Preferences." The American Journal of Political Science 54(4): 855-870. [PDF] [AJPS]

Public Opinion and Political Behavior:

    1. Enns, Peter K. and Julius Lagodny. 2021. "Forecasting the 2020 Electoral College Winner: The State Presidential Approval/State Economy ModelPS: Political Science & Politics. Forthcoming. [PDF] [PS] [Online Appendix]
    2. Schuldt, Jonathon P., Peter K. Enns, Sara Konrath, and Norbert Schwarz. 2020. "Shifting views on `global warming' and `climate change' in the United StatesJournal of Environmental Psychology. 69: 1-3. [JEP] [PDF]
    3. Enns, Peter K. and Jose T Sanchez Gomez. 2019. "Economic Evaluations and Political Change in Chile, 1966 to 2018.Public Opinion Quarterly. 83(3): 627–639. [POQ] [PDF]
    4. Enns, Peter K., Julius Lagodny, and Jonathon P. Schuldt. 2017. "Understanding the 2016 US Presidential Polls: The Importance of Hidden Trump Supporters." Statistics, Politics and Policy. 8(1):41-63. [SPP] [PDF]
    5. Schuldt, Jonathon P., Peter K. Enns, and Victoria Cavaliere. 2017. "Does the label really matter? Evidence that the US public continues to doubt `global warming' more than `climate change.'" Climatic Change. 143(1-2): 271-280. [CC] [PDF]
    6. Enns, Peter K. and Jonathon P. Schuldt. 2016. "Did Moderates Help Elect Trump?New York Times. Nov. 16.                                                                                                                                      
    7. Enns, Peter K. and Jonathon P. Schuldt. 2016. "Are There Really Hidden Trump Voters?New York Times. Nov. 7.                                                                                     
    8. Enns, Peter K. and Julianna Koch. 2015. "State Policy Mood: The Importance of Over-Time Dynamics." State Politics and Policy Quarterly. 15(4): 436-446. [PDF] [SPPQ]
    9. Enns, Peter K. and Julianna Koch. 2013. "Public Opinion in the U.S. States: 1956 to 2010." State Politics and Policy Quarterly. 13(3): 349-372. [PDF] [SPPQ]
    10. Enns, Peter K. and Brian Richman. 2013. "Presidential Campaigns and the Fundamentals Reconsidered." Journal of Politics 75(3): 803-820. [PDF] [JOP]
    11. Enns, Peter K., Paul M. Kellstedt, and Gregory E. McAvoy. 2012. "The Consequences of Partisanship in Economic Perceptions." Public Opinion Quarterly 76(2): 287-310. [PDF] [POQ]
    12. Enns, Peter K. and Gregory E. McAvoy. 2012. "The Role of Partisanship in Aggregate Opinion." Political Behavior 34(4): 627-651. [PDF] [PB]
    13. McAvoy, Gregory E. and Peter K. Enns. 2010. "Using Approval of the President's Handling of the Economy to Understand Who Polarizes and Why." Presidential Studies Quarterly 40(3): 545-558. [PDF] [PSQ]
    14. Enns, Peter K. and Paul M. Kellstedt. 2008. "Policy Mood and Political Sophistication: Why Everybody Moves Mood." The British Journal of Political Science 38(3): 433-454. [PDF] [BJPS]

Time Series Analysis: 

    1. Enns, Peter K., Nathan J. Kelly, Takaaki Masaki, and Patrick C. Wohlfarth. 2017. "Moving Forward with Time Series Analysis." Research and Politics 4(4): 1-7. [PDF] [R&P]
    2. Enns, Peter K. and Christopher Wlezien. 2017. "Understanding Equation Balance in Time Series Regression." The Political Methodololgist 24(2): 2-12. [PDF] [TPM]
    3. Enns, Peter K., Nathan J. Kelly, Takaaki Masaki, and Patrick C. Wohlfarth. 2016. "Don't Jettison the General Error Correction Model Just Yet: A Practical Guide to Avoiding Spurious Regression with the GECM." Research and Politics 3(2):1-16. [PDF] [R&P]

Book Reviews:

  1. Enns, Peter K. 2020. "Class Attitudes in America: Sympathy for the Poor, Resentment of the Rich, and Political Implications." American Review of Politics 37(1): 142–145. [ARP] [PDF]
  2. Enns, Peter K. 2015. "Book Review of: White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making." Congress & The Presidency. 42(1): 116-118. [C&TP] [PDF]
  3. Enns, Peter K. 2012. "Book Review of: Justices and Journalists: The U.S. Supreme Court and the Media. 127(1): 158–159. [PSQ] [PDF]
  4. Enns, Peter K. 2008. "Book Review of: Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches." Political Science Quarterly. 123(4): 687–689. [PSQ] [PDF]

Select Research in Progress: 

    1. Enns, Peter K. "Clarifying the Role of Racism in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election" Featured in 538 here and here.
    2. Enns, Peter K. and Nathan Kelly, Jana Morgan, and Chris Witko. "The power of economic interests and the congressional economic policy agenda."
    3. Enns, Peter K. and Mathew Lehman. "The Power of Words or Revisionist History? Evaluating the Impact of Robert Kennedy’s Speech Following Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassination"


Unpublished Papers: 

    1. Enns, Peter K. and Christopher J. Anderson. "The American Voter Goes Shopping: Presidential Elections and the Micro-Foundations of Partisan Consumption."
    2. Enns, Peter K. "The Micro Foundations of Presidential Approval."
      • Winner of the Best Paper Award, for the best paper on elections, public opinion, and voting behavior delieverd at the 2007 APSA Annual Meeting.
    3. Enns, Peter K., Takaaki Masaki, and Nathan J. Kelly  "Time Series Analysis and Spurious Regression: An Error Correction.
      • Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA. 2014.